Retro Game Master: The Game Center CX Collection
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Episodes 1-12 include dual English/Japanese audio tracks and English subtitles. 13 & 14 are Japanese audio only with English subtitles. As already mentioned by other reviewers, these episodes only contain the "challenge" segments from the original television broadcasts.
If you're a newcomer and you're wondering what this is about, there are translated clips of the show available on Youtube that let you know what you're in for. Be warned, however: since it's straight off of Japanese TV, the subtitles do require your full attention. The DVD has an optional English narrator, but I find that it detracts from the feel of the show. The humor itself alternates between being dry and silly, in a very distinctive way.
There has been some controversy over the fact that the non-challenge segments aren't available on DVD, but my understanding is that it's due more to the nature of Japanese litigation than anything else (those segments aren't on the Japanese DVDs either). Given that this is a thoroughly niche product (and Discotek is a quality company that seems to respect its content), I'm confident that this is the best set they could have possibly licensed.Read more ›
Well, what a lot of people don't realize is that the Japanese DVDs also don't get the 'Segments'.
Regardless, I knew that I was going to get this when I first heard it was coming out.
Yes, this is the same videos that were played on Kotaku. I believe there is one or two more episodes than what Kotaku had though so, a slight bonus.
What I do like is that you can change the narrator. So if you prefer english narrator, fine. If you want the original, that's there too. So everyone can be happy!
The one thing I was quite sad about is the episode choice. I'm not saying these episodes are bad, some are really fun to watch. But I was kind of hoping they would be an actual volume, meaning starting from the beginning. Random episodes is a bit weird, especially to those who have never seen Game Center CX (or Retro Game Master as it's called here) and realize that the main person is in different rooms and there are different ADs.
I really hope from the sales that it will convince them to do more and perhaps make DVD Vols in which we can get everything from the beginning to end.
If you are a fan, you will get this and most likely enjoy it! It sad it doesn't have segments but the japanese dvds didn't have it either so it's not like we're at a complete loss.
Definitely worth every penny!
The Audio and Subtitles will show EVERY episode with English Subtitles and Japanese Dialog for the main crew.
There are Audio and Subtitle options to switch whether the (much disliked) English Dubbed Narrator will be there, or the Original Japanese Narrator will be used with English Subs.
If you want the show the way you found it online, with SA-subtitles and all Japanese dialog, this is the set for you!
They did, due to licensing issues, get rid of the small segments from the middle of the show (Visits to Arcades, playing Game And Watch games, 20 years ago in gaming, interviews with game makers) but they replaced that time with more clips of Arino challenging the game. The episodes vary in time between 35 minutes and an hour, with most being in the 40 minute area.
I'd give 5 stars no question, but I really do miss those little segments in the middle and I hope they find a way to bring them back in the future. I thought they did a nice job of breaking up the pacing of the play-through
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off, I really love this show. But honestly, cutting off mystery of atlantis at 29 minutes when that's literally the episode I bought the collection for? I'm pretty mad. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kara calabrese
Excellent show that I would recommend to all who love gaming. Shame that none of the arcade segments made it in. Also, stick with the excellent Japanese subs!Published 5 months ago by Manny
While this pales in comparison to the original versions, this set is still a fantastic watch for fans of retro gaming and gaming in general. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Guy
The show that invented Let's Play before YouTube, Game Center CX is a gem. I heard about it on Retronauts, and now I can't stop watching. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mike S.
Nice set, recommended for GameCenter CX & Retro Game Master fans! Should be noted that this set includes only the challenges, without the arcade visits/other segments, or even so... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jon Peterson
Minus the narrator getting very little coaching on how to actually pronounce japanese words, it was great! Gotta love the Kacho!Published on August 23, 2014 by InkedFrog